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Kiwi-Born Aussies seem to be second-best over there..

Article notes the story of a New-Zealand-Born man who was brought up in Australia and confronted Melbourne Fire Brigade who refused to hire him because of his New Zealand Birth.

Also interesting to see Government level jobs with the same limitations. Looks like a bit of a double standard!!

If you're in any way interested in Encryption, AES, 3DES, SHA or the like you'll like this explanation of encryption.

(Blogging for posterity, mainly!) Worth a look, be aware it can get quite heady but you can also 'duck out' at a level that suits. :)

Well done, IMHO.

Door is indeed "Slammed".

I'm not sure about the rationale here; it seems key that Flash would open the door to flash-built apps - and in effect provide a bypass to the Apple Store.

Heaven forbid Apple should lose their totalitarian control over their appliances!
(do we need to mention Apple threatening a lawsuit against Woolworths due to their new logo?)

Doin' my bit to spread the word. Good luck guys. This is evil, evil stuff (Rachael tells me the Pup must've been targetted given the nature of the break-in-and-grab) and the punks responsible need to be brought to justice. So sad!!

In a world where online participation is increasing at an exponential rate, it is really sad to see the number of people out there who don't know the difference between Their, They're and There; Were and Where and We're; Too and To (and Two); etc etc. That's been an eternal frustration since the BBS days.

However there's a lesser known evil; People Who Think Every Word In A Sentence Needs To Have A Capital! It's so hard for me to do that I had to correct that sentence several times just to achieve the desired effect...

Having been advised that Orams Road overbridge in Manukau City is going to be closed for several weeks due to being struck from underneath by an overheight load (eyeroll!), I went hunting for a reference to post a link to someone (NZ Police's website being broken as I write this!) - Google found me this classic example from Transit New Zealand: Auckland Highway Info.

Makes you wonder if the person responsible for generating the content on this page has ever actually been subject to peer review. Sigh!

That's a bit what this sounds like. Essentially it appears that Apple iPhones which've been syncing with MS Exchange have been leading people to believe their data is encrypted on-device. And now that the bug that caused this to be reported has been patched... Exchange sync no longer works.

This doesn't personally affect me, as I run neither Exchange nor an iPhone. But it does thoroughly convince me that my previously doubts about Applies business practises were right on the money.

I've previously blogged about it. And now this issue adds to the mix.

I seriously wonder what people inside Apple are thinking right now?

The story it tells is true enough.. A horrendous number of New Zealanders are actively pirating media - Movies and such in particular - and see nothing wrong with it.

The attitude is incredibly self serving, and smacks of ignorance. Quotes like "I never think about who I might be hurting when I'm downloading copyrighted material," and "I don't download New Zealand music or movies, because I know our industries struggle," ... "But internationally things are on such a big scale and it's so easy not to think about it." are blatantly selfish.

"If movie directors and actors got up and said 'I can't do this anymore, piracy now means it's too hard for me to make a living in this industry,' I'd stop downloading pirated material. If they gave up working because of it, I might start to feel accountable. But it's just not happening."

In other words, until it actually has a tangible effect on the individual, the consequences are irrelevant. Sounds a bit like early attitude about pollution and the environment. "Until it actually affects me, it's not my problem".


"Until then, while I'm not proud of it, I won't start paying for something I can so easily get for free."

The article probably explains the mentality very well. A shame I don't subscribe to it.

I can't claim to be perfect in this score - and I doubt there's many who can. However I do subscribe to the notion that the sheer number of people who're building media collections by copying, and not purchasing, digital works, are hitting the media hard.

There's a combination of factors, of course. If legitimate, commercial options were priced low enough, demand would fall. My own impressions are that iTunes has infact had an impact here; you can now find the majority of the music you want online, buy it legitimately and actually support the artist concerned.

Now, is $25 per DVD for your average movie fair priced? $30? What about boxed sets of TV series for $50-150?

Chicken and egg, right? The media companies cite their losses due to piracy and keep upping their prices. Thus more people pirate, less buy, chicken and egg.

The same logic here applies to (closed) software. The more expensive the title, the more likely it is to be pirated and used contrary to it's license terms.

I personally make an effort to support the artists by legitimately acquiring their work; this is across, film, TV and audio. Yes, I still buy (and listen to) CDs! I see this as an important thing - supporting the artists helps ensure they'll keep making my favourite shows, films and music!

I'd be interested to hear what people actually use as a rationale for any status which in the end, causes them to _not_ be supporting the artist aka, acquiring content for free when it does have a titular cost.

I hope you get it too - an excellent and eye-opening Groklaw piece.

It's yet another example of why Patents can be bad news, too. Funny how it all ties together isn't it?

Don't be sucked in by Microsoft offering to do big things in the Open Source world; theyre doing it to ensure that Windows itself isn't marginalized in the process. On the contrary, they want Open Source apps to be running on Windows - and Windows only?? The latter is of course, the question.

At a business level it's probably good thinking, as they're losing, if anything, against their competitors (both Linux and MacOS) - so it's not a bad stake-in-the-ground.

All I can say, is, be wary. I still appreciate _complete_ openness. Not this hybrid that continues to cause our reliance on a single-vendor closed platform.

I spotted this last week, but this is with a more local focus.

This is a key risk for organisations that choose to:

a) Run a closed source package which leaves them at the whim of the vendor; and

b) Run a Windows based system without allowing for updating to a 'current' generation OS.

Windows 2000 is closing on 10 years old (obviously) and most people have moved to Windows XP or Vista (on the desktop) or Windows Server 2003/2008 (servers). Those who havn't are either poorly organised or have a particular reason for staying with Win2k; perhaps compatibility with hardware or a particular software package.

However these people are now left without an option for the security of their system, thanks to the Vendor deciding 'no' (this despite the fact that I read somewhere, MS had previously agreed to keep patching the OS until next year!)

It brings me back to one of the reasons Im becoming a big fan of the open alternatives; The decisions of a profit-focussed monopoly vendor should not be allowed to have such potentially far-reaching effects.

Me thinks those with remaining W2K machines will be working to replace them fast - or isolate them behind a suitably configured firewall... I hope however this is something of a learning experience!

... I think i'm really glad of it.

If you havn't read Animal Farm, you really should.

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